While winter sets in, here’s a post to warm you up (or, make you writhe with envy), as we take a look at the Adriatic Sea. Countries that have coastlines on the Adriatic are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and (a little bit of) Slovenia, with the area boasting over over 1,300 islands. Out of these Croatia and Italy prove to be the most popular destinations for an ever-growing tourist industry in the region, with Bari, Venice, Trieste and Split high on the list in this regard. This post may also get a certain theme tune stuck in your head for the day ‘dun dun dun-dun-dun duun’ - yes that’s right, we’re in Game of Thrones territory; the HBO show regularly films in Split and Dubrovnik for King’s Landing segments and others. Many of the stunning photos from our contributors feature a golden palette - due to the distinct architecture associated with the region, and indeed golden Southern European sunshine flooding the frame.